There have been no discussions this weekend between Washington Wizards officials and Isiah Thomas, the apparent front-runner for the team's coaching job, two sources said today. Those sources also confirmed that Thomas has not been offered the job and that no terms have been discussed.
Talks are expected to resume this week, possibly today. Thomas has spoken with Wizards officials several times recently, and team owner Abe Pollin met with Thomas last Thursday. General Manager Wes Unseld also has had conversations with Thomas.
Thomas, a former Detroit Pistons all-star, has been in New York since Thursday evening, working as a studio analyst on NBC's NBA playoff telecasts. He made his only comments regarding his conversations with the Wizards at halftime of Friday night's telecast of a Western Conference finals game between the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. He is expected to remain in New York this week.
Unseld, Wizards director of player personnel Chuck Douglas and several team scouts will be in Chicago this week observing players at the final camp for collegiate players before the draft, June 30 at MCI Center. Washington has the seventh and 35th picks.
Most of the players likely to be selected early in the draft are not expected to participate in the camp, but Douglas said Wizards officials need to gauge the entire talent pool in case trades alter the draft order.
Several NBA general managers and coaches, including Jim Brovelli, who coached Washington's final 18 games on an interim basis after Bernie Bickerstaff was fired, and Detroit Pistons assistant coach Gar Heard, another candidate for the Wizards' job, will be at the Chicago camp.